The Bulletin

Youngkin’s first 100 days and more Virginia headlines

By: - April 29, 2022 8:09 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

• “Despite a mild-mannered persona,” Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s first 100 days in office have been marked by a series of hardball moves, including a string of vetoes and amendments seemingly designed to punish Democrats.—Washington Post

• Henrico-based Altria, one of the world’s largest tobacco companies, is criticizing a federal decision to ban menthol cigarettes. “We believe harm reduction, not prohibition, is the better path forward,” a spokesman said.—WRIC

• A second member of VCU’s Delta Chi fraternity pled guilty in the death of freshman Adam Oakes, a case that spurred multiple anti-hazing bills from state legislators.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Researchers predict Virginia can expect more extreme rainfall and flash floods due to climate change.—WVTF

• The Montpelier Descendants Committee, made up of descendants of enslaved workers at James Madison’s former plantation, released a list of candidates for the historic site’s board.—Star-Exponent

• The U.S. Navy is investigating conditions on the Newport News-based ship USS George Washington after the apparent suicide deaths of three sailors.—Virginian-Pilot

• Arlington County Board members voted to give themselves a $20,000 pay raise, saying the salary increase would allow more candidates to take on the full-time work of legislating the Northern Virginia suburb.—Washington Post

• Charlottesville residents say the city violated their constitutional rights by refusing to provide information about police misconduct cases and other settlements.—Daily Progress

• A special prosecutor in Powhatan is investigating a 2020 party after White teens wrote racial slurs on a Black teenager while he was intoxicated and unconscious.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Richmond City Council members are weighing a policy to mandate school rezoning if classrooms exceed a certain size, a move that could exacerbate long-running tensions with the city’s school board.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Veterans in Southwest Virginia are protesting the proposed closure of a VA hospital in Salem.—Roanoke Times

• Federal prosecutors charged three men with stealing and selling walnut trees from federally protected land in Giles County, Virginia.—Associated Press

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